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2017 Land Rover Discovery Walk Around

Discovery has abandoned the boxy, angular look and distinctive roofline of its predecessor, but Land Rover design cues remain. Stretched-rearward LED headlights flank a sweptback mesh grille.

Toward the rear, the roof contains a hump, but it’s considerably smaller than before. Available painted in contrasting silver or black, the roof promises a little more head clearance for third-row occupants. Unlike the split tailgate of LR3/LR4 models, the Discovery version is a single unit.

Overall, the redesigned model comes across as a sizable crossover rather than a utilitarian SUV. While handsome and upscale in appearance, flaunting fender vents, the revived Discovery doesn’t stand out as forcefully from the crossover/SUV crowd.

The power tailgate opens with a kick of the foot.

Interior

Not many vehicles approach the melding of practical nature and luxury detailing found within a Land Rover product. In refinement and flexibility, the Discovery echoes its predecessors. Soft-touch materials include a padded dashboard top, though door panels contain hard plastics.

A Discovery may be ordered with five or seven seats. The second row is roomy for three, though seating is lower than expected. The 40/20/40 split-folding bench can be moved forward to expand third-row room. Two adults can ride in comfort out back, without suffering snug head or leg room.

Cargo volume totals 82.7 cubic feet behind the front seats, 45 cubic feet behind the second row, but little space if all seatbacks are upright.

Few traditional switches and knobs occupy the boxy dashboard, except for climate and Terrain Response off-roading controls. A rotary knob selects the transmission gear. The outstanding infotainment system features a colorful interface and wide touchscreen. A wireless hotspot is available, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is not.

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